MEAL (main idea, evidence, analysis, and link) is a tool used to support students in the beginning stages of writing. The graphic organizer allows students to plan for a short (paragraph) writing assignment. By completing the graphic organizer, students will have developed a main idea, introduced and cited three pieces of supporting evidence, provided three segments of analysis to the corresponding evidence, and wrapped up the writing with a linking statement that connects back to the main idea. The MEAL check list gives students (or partners) the opportunity to revise their writing. The check list reviews major components of a well written MEAL paragraph. Additionally, I added a space where the teacher can leave warm and cool feedback as well as a score.